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Criminal Minds: The Silencer

When a Texas prisoner escapes during a transfer, he leaves behind victims with his unique trademark, sewing their mouths shut, a signature the BAU remembers as unique to the UnSub "The Silencer." While they investigate who he was and who he's become, the BAU also gets to know the newest member of the team.

Source: CBS

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x1
Airdate: Wednesday September 26th, 2012

Director: Glenn Kershaw
Writer: Erica Messer

Alternate Airdates:

FI (Nelonen) Jan 24, 2013
UK (sky LIVING) Jan 28, 2013


Guest Stars
Jayne AtkinsonJayne Atkinson
As FBI Section Chief Director Erin Strauss
Sam HenningsSam Hennings
As Marshall John Tilghman

Co-Guest Stars
Jarrod BaileyJarrod Bailey
As Teenage James
Aidan CollinsAidan Collins
As Young James
Bianca DBianca D'Ambrosio
As Kelly Tucker
Brian SlatenBrian Slaten
As Danny Tucker
Jessica Ires MorrisJessica Ires Morris
As Julie Myers
Julia SilvermanJulia Silverman
As Dr. Janine Ainsworth
Kayla TabishKayla Tabish
As Girl at Rest Stop
Matt BeckMatt Beck
As Tyler Parker
Meagan CampbellMeagan Campbell
As Laura Tucker
Ray MirabalRay Mirabal
As Mitch Gregory
Tracy FraimTracy Fraim
As Kevin Jenson
Troy KotsurTroy Kotsur
As John Myers
Main Cast
Joe MantegnaJoe Mantegna
As David Rossi
Shemar MooreShemar Moore
As Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray GublerMatthew Gray Gubler
As Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. CookA.J. Cook
As Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
Kirsten VangsnessKirsten Vangsness
As Penelope Garcia
Thomas GibsonThomas Gibson
As Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner
Jeanne TripplehornJeanne Tripplehorn
As Alex Blake


The episode begins at the Braun correctional facility where a prisoner is strapped to a bed and is taken to the med van. The med guy asks the guard if the prisoner is epileptic but the guard has no clue. In the van the guard learns that the con had a severe allergic reaction and the guard feels that he did it to himself on purpose. Just then a deer jumps on to the road and the driver in an attempt to save the animal, manages to run off the road. Moments later we see that the driver is dead as he ran into a branch of a tree and it pierced his chest. The med guy in the van is dead too. Guard Jensen is unconscious and the con manages to free himself of the handcuffs. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorJeff Davis (1)
Executive ProducerErica Messer  |  Janine Sherman Barrois
Co-Executive ProducerVirgil Williams  |  Breen Frazier  |  Bruce Zimmerman  |  Harry V. Bring  |  Glenn Kershaw  |  Sharon Lee Watson
Supervising ProducerGigi Coello-Bannon
Co-ProducerIan Foster Woolf  |  Rick Dunkle
Associate ProducerKiegan Downs
Production DesignerVincent Jefferds
EditorJimmy Hill (2)
CastingBecky Silverman  |  Scott David  |  April Webster
Unit Production ManagerIan Foster Woolf
First Assistant DirectorStacey Beneville
Second Assistant DirectorAnne Carroll
MusicScott Gordon (1)  |  Steffan Fantini  |  Marc Fantini
Music SupervisorKevin Edelman
Costume DesignerB.J. Rogers
Key GripJohn Hatchitt
Camera OperatorMichael Walsh  |  Gary Tachell
Set DecoratorAnnie O'Sullivan
Location ManagerWalter Roshetski
Transportation CoordinatorGreg Van Dyke
Property MasterAl Eisenmann
Construction CoordinatorSteve Morey
Script SupervisorPam Leonte
Production CoordinatorJennifer Kern (1)
Assistant EditorRoger Fenton  |  Gary J. Morris
Post Production SupervisorCallie Miller
Supervising Sound EditorDavid Beadle
Re-Recording MixerKen Burton  |  Andre Perreault
Director of PhotographyGreg St. Johns
Art DirectorAdam Rowe
Post Production CoordinatorJason Koiter
Sound MixerJoseph Geisinger
Executive Story EditorKimberly Ann Harrison
ConsultantEdward Allen Bernero
Costume SupervisorKathleen Brodbeck
Production AccountantKevin McEveety
Chief Lighting TechnicianDave Maddux
Special Effects CoordinatorAndre Ellingson
Production StaffHaben Merker  |  Erik Stiller  |  Ticona S. Joy  |  Heather Noel Aldridge  |  Erica Meredith  |  Jason James Bernero
Additional MusicMark Mancina
Technical AdvisorJim Clemente
Department Head HairstylistLinda De Andrea
Dept. Head Make-up ArtistDayne Johnson
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